depravity


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de·prav·i·ty

 (dĭ-prăv′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. de·prav·i·ties
1. Moral corruption or degradation.
2. A depraved act or condition.

depravity

(dɪˈprævɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
the state or an instance of moral corruption

de•prav•i•ty

(dɪˈpræv ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state of being depraved.
2. a depraved act or practice.
[1635–45]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.depravity - moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles; "the luxury and corruption among the upper classes"; "moral degeneracy followed intellectual degeneration"; "its brothels, its opium parlors, its depravity"; "Rome had fallen into moral putrefaction"
immorality - the quality of not being in accord with standards of right or good conduct; "the immorality of basing the defense of the West on the threat of mutual assured destruction"
2.depravity - a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practicedepravity - a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice; "the various turpitudes of modern society"
evildoing, transgression - the act of transgressing; the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle; "the boy was punished for the transgressions of his father"

depravity

noun corruption, vice, evil, criminality, wickedness, immorality, iniquity, profligacy, debauchery, viciousness, degeneracy, sinfulness, debasement, turpitude, baseness, depravation, vitiation the absolute depravity that can exist in times of war
Quotations
"No one ever suddenly became depraved" [Juvenal Satires]

depravity

noun
Translations

depravity

[dɪˈprævɪtɪ] Ndepravación f

depravity

[dɪˈprævɪti] n (= immorality) → dépravation f

depravity

depravity

[dɪˈprævɪtɪ] n (frm) → depravazione f
References in classic literature ?
Without question, she is equally in the dark as to her soul, its present depravity, and future destiny
There could have been no such justification for me as the plain assent of her experience to whatever depth of depravity I found credible in our brace of scoundrels.
And yet his crime was committed more in thoughtlessness than deliberate depravity.
She at first lacked the depravity indispensable to shutting me up in mental darkness.
In her earnest meditations on the contents of the letter, on the depravity of that mind which could dictate it, and probably, on the very different mind of a very different person, who had no other connection whatever with the affair than what her heart gave him with every thing that passed, Elinor forgot the immediate distress of her sister, forgot that she had three letters on her lap yet unread, and so entirely forgot how long she had been in the room, that when on hearing a carriage drive up to the door, she went to the window to see who could be coming so unreasonably early, she was all astonishment to perceive Mrs.
If I may not be permitted to allude to the natural depravity of the human heart, at least I may - I must - be permitted, so far to refer to misplaced confidence.
I think an atheist, with all her experience of human monsters, was for her the depth of human depravity.
This seemed to her a terrible discovery of her own depravity.
No doubt it would have been better; but I should not be avenged, nor the honour of my husband vindicated, should he find so clear and easy an escape from the strait into which his depravity has led him.
And making the proper deductions for the ordinary depravity of human nature, the number must be still smaller of those who unite the requisite integrity with the requisite knowledge.
Between the depravity of certain liaisons and a sincere love, a man of honor and no fortune will not hesitate: he prefers the misfortunes of virtue to the evils of vice.
Looking at her and listening to her the man beside her could not believe that depravity of any sort or degree entered into the girl's nature, yet he wanted to believe that she had not been virtuous, for otherwise his task was less a sinecure--the Hon.